Raekwon co-signs New York emcee, talks about collaboration
Chef Raekwon dishes about his feature on the single “Oxygen” by the highly-buzzing New York artist, Napoleon Da Legend.
"When I first heard the beat by Napoleon Da Legend, I knew it was gonna be special, but when I heard his vocals and the beat combined, it reminded me of myself being a hungry cat coming up bout to take the game by storm. I'm very conscious about who I record with far as new artists is concerned, but when I wrote my verse I followed his lead because it was so powerful. It was that great that I contemplating about buying the record from him. But this will be a cat y'all will be hearing from in the near future I'm cosigning that!" - Chef Raekwon.
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"2011 was the year the young Rakim Mayers b/k/a A$AP Rocky exploded onto the rap scene. It's not hard to imagine anyone named after one of hip-hop's most important and influential lyricists wanting to pursue a music career himself, but fame and fortune was just a dream back in the 1990's when his older brother was killed and his pops got locked up for selling drugs in the span of a year. By his account, it was this turn of fortune that made him decide to take rapping seriously, but that wasn't what made his now famous "Purple Swag" music video go viral. Within seconds of the clip rolling, a young caucasian lass smiles happily into the camera, then proudly proclaims "This is fo' my niggaz gettin' high on the reg-u-lar" - showing off gold fronts on the lower half of her jaw in the process. Given the controversy about white female rappers like V-Nasty and Kreayshawn using the word "nigga" in songs and interviews in 2011, Rocky's video came along at exactly the right time to be noticed by pen wielding writers looking to excoriate yet another girl perceived to be perpetrating a cultural fraud. A$AP swears that "Anna" is just a crazy girl from Harlem he happens to be friends with, and we're to infer that any girl from around his way he drinks and smokes with is just cool like that. You could literally picture the heads of pundits exploding in frustration at the apparent double standard of V-Nasty being called on the carpet while Anna got a free pass. The more they fumed and steamed, the more the video got played, and the more exposure A$AP Rocky got. "
Chuuwee :: Watching the Throne :: Amalgam Digital as reviewed by Aaron Boyce
"I'll begin by saying that this is my fourth attempt at writing this piece. The holiday period as well as internet issues all played their part but the biggest reason for the delayed submission would probably have to be the album itself. I just couldn't figure out if I liked it. It's not as if I didn't give the album a fair chance, I must have played it through a good six or seven times but that seemed to be the issue; my opinion changed after almost every spin. Whenever I have felt like this before it has just been down to listening to too much hip-hop; my brain goes into a musical shutdown while my ears reject any beats and rhymes that get thrown at me. Fortunately I have learnt to cure this by subjecting myself to brutal metal or filthy dubstep for a couple of days until I'm in a state where I can again appreciate every kick, snare and punchline that makes me love this music so much. After a few days of the aforementioned treatment, I decided to once again revisit Chuuwee's album to see if I could make a little more sense out of my feelings for it. In hindsight, I think that maybe the album's title and artwork put me off a little to begin with. Although Jay-Z and Kanye are often thought of as 'kings' in the rap game, their collaboration album from last year was so disappointing that you really wouldn't need Chuuwee's sniper rifle shown on the cover art to remove them from the throne."
"I downloaded "Exmilitary" when it came out in mid-2011. I unzipped it, loaded it into my iTunes, listened to it for thirty seconds, and immediately deleted it from my hard drive. Some dude yelling over beats that sounded like a broken down washing machine? No thanks. There are hundreds of albums I want to listen to, so why would I waste my time with something so irritating? Death Grips sounded too loud, too annoying, too chaotic, and too noisy. I figured I didn't need that in my life. I was wrong. I resurrected it from my trash a month ago, after several bloggers and critics I trusted sang its praises. It hasn't left my stereo since. "Exmilitary" may be noisy and chaotic, but it is also one of the most refreshing hip-hop albums to come out in 2011. Death Grips is a Sacramento crew fronted by MC Ride,with Mexican Girl, Info Warrior, Flatlander and Zach Hill making the noise. For those not familiar with California's capitol city, it's less cool than San Francisco but more interesting than San Jose, a combination of politicians, suburbanites, artists, engineers and meth heads. It's not known for hip-hop, or anything other than being the capitol and having a lot of trees downtown. It's relatively cheap to live, which allows its artists more freedom to create and innovate. Death Grips is a great example of this. "
"Hailing from Koreatown, Los Angeles, comes Dumbfoundead. Dumb comes with quite a bit of buzz, especially if you're Korean-American (which I am), live in LA (which I have), follow battle rapping (which I did), or follow anything from Project Blowed (which I don't, Aceyalone and NoCan were the last ones I was really listening to). In doing some background for the album, I saw that this album topped the iTunes chart for a period, beating out major label stars like Wale and J. Cole. It was released back in November, so I'm a little late to the party, but I figured I would bring in the New Year with RapReviews with a positive review rather than a negative one. I couldn't find the liner notes for this album, but I'm assuming most of the production was handled by Dumb's resident DJ, DJ Zo. The album opens with a hood anthem "Town", which weaves a pretty accurate picture of Koreatown. The song is decorated with a contemplative guitar loop, some electric keys, and a slow tempo. Dumb's delivery has a little drawl, not as thick as Dirty South rap, but it's a small vocal skew that adds a little flavor to his verses, and he has a good, easygoing flow that doesn't emphasize or force out words."
Geko + Aetcix :: Goatmob :: Crate Cartel/Obese Records as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"RR readers have gotten to Melbourne emcee/producer Geko over two previous releases: "The Crate Cartel" and "Crate Cartel Radio." For his most recent album in late 2011, Geko teamed up with fellow Aussie underground rapper Aetcix, forming the crew that also became the title of their debut together - "Goatmob." I'm just glad that when combining Geko and Aetcix, they didn't come up with Goatse.cx. Jokes aside there's serious skills displayed on this latest Obese Records release, which unfortunately may be difficult to find for Yanks in the Northern hemisphere. Even though the press release claims both a CD and a digital release date of November 18th, the only place I could find it in the latter format was iTunes. Worse still, the iTunes version seems to have been shortchanged, missing the songs "Who's That?" and "The Street" featuring Budsa. For the life of me I can't fathom why. It's not as though the bandwidth for 2 more songs on one album could have been a burden to Apple considering they do millions of lucrative transactions every single day. If you're paying $10.99 for a digital album (a fairly high price given how many digital albums sell for $5 or less these days) you ought to be getting MORE, not LESS. Goatmob claim co-production credit for the entire album, but whoever designed the guitar licks and drums of "Who's That?" should give themselves a pat on the back. "
"This is probably your first introduction to Proe, so allow me the privilege of giving you a brief bio on the artist. He was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. I was only there for one day many years ago, but I can tell you that the weather is mild and the Pacific Ocean was (at least when I went in it) hella cold. Proe considers himself a Californian for the entire Golden State and not just his hometown though. As his own bio says, "Proe's sound has little resemblance to his surroundings," meaning that if there is such a thing as a typical Santa Cruz rap sound he's definitely NOT it. In fact he happily uses words like "oddball" and "unconventional" to describe his style, which depending on your point of view either makes him less or MORE like his fellow Cali rappers. "Be Brave, Gladiator" is a title that may cause misunderstandings. Rap by necessity requires you to be egotistical enough to think people should hear what you have to say. The timid and fearful won't last long on the microphone, and possibly shouldn't pick one up at all. On the other hand the historical origin of the word gladiator would indeed fit the sentence the title forms. Russell Crowe has glorified the term through cinema, and mixed martial arts loves to co-opt it to imply bravery, but the "gladiators" who were figuratively and literally thrown to the lions were often petty criminals and slaves. "
"Remix albums can be hit or miss. On one hand, they give (often unheralded) producers the chance to get creative and showcase their skills by crafting beats around vocals from more prominent artists than those they would normally produce for. Jay-Z, for example, released acapella versions of both "The Black Album" and "American Gangster," leading to a flurry of remix albums that combined Hov's lyrics with samples ranging from Led Zeppelin to Marvin Gaye to music from "The Godfather." On the flip side, there are times when I can't help but cringe when a producer tries to remix a classic song and ends up tarnishing the original. Thus, I was initially skeptical of Small Professor's "Gigantic, Vol. 0", a prequel release to his upcoming album "Gigantic, Vol. 1," even after I read of his critically acclaimed Jay-Z remix album "Crooklyn Gangster." While none of the artists remixed on "Gigantic, Vol. 0" are anywhere near the level of Jay-Z, after checking out some of the original tracks I questioned whether Small Pro would be able to come up with something innovative and fresh. Before diving into the remixes, though, it's worth noting that there are a handful of original Small Pro-produced tracks on "Gigantic, Vol. 0." The first of these is "Welcome to Holodeck," featuring Curly Castro and Zilla Rocca, which comes after the album's intro track that samples dialogue from "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer." "
The Tongue :: The Sextape :: Elefant Traks as reviewed by Matt Jost
"I was about to say that we've been spared the embarrassment of rappers caught in the act by a camera, but when it comes to rap gossip, the name 50 Cent turns up without fail. Although, whatever is out there seems to have been an item in one of his numerous feuds, which would make 'the 50 Cent sex tape' simply another move in Curtis Jackson's Machiavellian masterplan for total world domination. More importantly, if there is one type of 'tape' the name 50 Cent is inextricably linked to, it is the mixtape. His career is one of the main reasons the off-label, full-length release known as mixtape is such a popular promotional tool in rap today. Rappers know a little something about getting our attention, and so releasing a mixtape titled "The Sextape" is definitely a very rap thing to do. But while Seattle crew Dyme Def charged for their "Sex Tape" in 2010, The Tongue has the sense to give his away for free. When a rapper calls himself The Tongue, it's not totally wrong to expect him to be a little tongue-in-cheek, and the Sydney MC indeed peppers the project with a healthy dose of irony. The biggest irony, however, is that "The Sextape" is not so much about sexual intercourse but human interaction, as seen through the lens of romance, covering the entire range from longterm relationships to one-night stands. He also doesn't shy away from using the L word, and just to avoid any misunderstandings, in this case the L stands for Love."
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #156 is called New Flavors For 2012. This is what we expect to pop in the months to come - some familiar and some new artists with great new songs. Check out tunes from Ess Vee, Kid Ink, Nametag, yU, hasHBrown, and more! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed so you never miss a new episode.
* Nametag - Feelin Good+Feelin Great * Napoleon Da Legend f/ Raekwon - Oxygen * yU f/ Duff - I Believe * Kid Ink - Time of Your Life * hasHBrown f/ Dannie Walker - This Is It * Ess Vee & Tarik - Telephone
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* Toussaint Morrison - Guitar Gyro * Kidd Russell - Broke DJ * Vinnie Scullo - The Jewels * Jonny October w/ Louis Logic - Eighty Year Old Bachelor * PackFM - Nasty * Otis Clapp w/ Cavalier - MY World As We Know * Coole High - Capital Greatness * Sketch Tha Cataclysm w/ Expertiz - Get Over Your * Dirt E. Dutch w/ Rabbi Darkside & Core Rhythm - Nowhere Fast * Braille - Rhymes On Everything * The Other Guys - Windowmaker * Bubble Geese - Lamaze Class